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BBY BEEKEEPING FOR THE 21st CENTURY

Section honey production

Everyone knows that in order to follow Warré's principles, it is important to never super a hive. Right? Well, not quite. What follows is a compilation of information from Beekeeping for All, which explains Warré's method for making beautiful sections in fresh, clean combs. The bulk of this information can be found on pages 91-92.


Now, the People's Hive is better than all others for rapid construction of beautiful sections. To do this, it is first necessary to construct a special box. The depth should be that of the sections desired. For American sections this is 130mm. This box will contain frames, each divided into two sections. The box should match as closely as possible the internal dimensions of the hive bodies, but it is not necessary that they are exactly the same. Once you have your sections box with frames, here's how to make them:


When the nectar flow has really started, i.e. when there is already a small amount of honey stored in the top box, at least 5 kg (12 lbs., or about half full), this box, which we refer to as box No. 1, is lifted. The following box (No. 2) is lifted likewise. On the next box (No. 3) is placed box No. 1 whose honey has been uncapped if necessary (the honey is rarely in need of uncapping). On box No. 1 is placed box No. 2. On box No. 2 is placed the box built for section honey. Now, under the box containing the sections there is some brood and as a result of this no room for the honey that is brought in daily. The bees are therefore forced to put the new honey in the sections box. Furthermore, the bees never leave honey for long under brood. The bees will thus have a tendency to carry honey from box No. 1 into that containing the sections. There is therefore a rapid and considerable influx of honey into the sections. This is all that is necessary to obtain beautiful sections. Note that here our bees are not pushed into swarming as happens in other hives when one makes sections. For, in the People's Hive one can always leave a free space for the bees under the brood, in box No. 3, and as much of it as one can give to them if the need is felt.